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More details about the big Symbian^3 UI update surface, coming after the summer

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More details about the big Symbian^3 UI update surface, coming after the summer
A slide about the new Symbian^3 user interface that will be coming to phones like the Nokia N8 and E7, slipped through the cracks. We've seen the image before, when Nokia's Jo Harlow did a presentation in China that Nokia will continue to improve on Symbian, but below is the other slide leaked with more explanation about it.

In addition, Nokia Benelux director Marc Driessen has confirmed that two big updates will be hitting Symbian^3 phones this year. The first one is most likely similar to the PR2 update for Nokia N8 we posted about, which will patch up the most lacking areas of the Symbian experience, by ringing in a new browser and virtual portrait QWERTY keyboard. This one should appear before the summer, for Nokia N8 and E7 first, possibly for the Nokia C7 as well. The leaked Nokia E6-00 was already pictured with the new update. Here's a video preview of the first Symbian^3 PR2 QWERT update beta for the Nokia N8:

The summer months will be busy for Nokia, as in the fall it will roll out the total overhaul of the Symbian user interface, which has drawn so much criticism lately, and cited as the main reason people are scoffing at Nokia's smartphones in the times of Android and iOS. The new interface will make the menus less deep, introduce flexible widgets which can be sized differently and placed any position on numerous home screens, plus a "thin pull-down Statusbar" and a simplified navigational bar at the bottom. Nothing Android and Samsung's bada don't have, for instance, but there will be new icon graphics as well, which look pretty cool.

The big Symbian^3 UI update to come after the summer
The big Symbian^3 UI update to come after the summer

The big Symbian^3 UI update to come after the summer

Overall, these changes are exactly what the doctor ordered for Symbian, and if it wasn't for the focus shifting entirely to Nokia Windows Phone now, the big UI update would have received more media attention. Nokia's Symbian^3 device owners are certainly jumping with joy now, though, despite they have to wait a few more months for it.

source: AllAboutPhones (translated from Dutch)

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posted on 16 Mar 2011, 07:32 1

1. mazureac (unregistered)

suuuuuper! :)

posted on 16 Mar 2011, 07:49 1

2. dan_md (Posts: 66; Member since: 19 Oct 2010)

After summer? That would be around June or July... Such a long wait.

posted on 16 Mar 2011, 08:41

3. Liberian (unregistered)

As it turns out part of the reason Nokia didn't want to go to Android OS because they were already planning to turn Symbian Android-like.

Personally I prefer the current Symbian UI...mainly because its ORIGINAL, yeah it has elements similar to iOS and Android but it has it's own unique look.

The 2.0 update (portrait qwerty, new browser and better performance) is all Symbian 3 really needs, the UI is fine.

posted on 16 Mar 2011, 09:02

4. saduna (unregistered)

great, i will wait for it instead of shifting to android device.

posted on 16 Mar 2011, 10:17

5. cyborg (unregistered)

I have shifted. These updates are not enough to pull me back to symbian. But I must say that Nokia make excellent high end phones in terms of build quality. Plastic=cheap.

On the other hand, I'm very excited for the first Nokia WP7 device. Can't wait.

posted on 16 Mar 2011, 10:53 2

6. shafboy (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Sep 2010)

Nokia should come back. One tip - ADD ANIMATIONS!

posted on 16 Mar 2011, 22:02

7. KIANO (Posts: 82; Member since: 13 Feb 2011)

It's a long wait and it would be better if before summer! But at least Symbian will have major improvements. New graphical icons and pull down status bar are new features which never before Symbian have.

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 02:30

8. IOS5 (unregistered)

Already Android copy some staff from symbian let them copy Android maybe they will make it even better and there's rumor said that still Nokia going to relase symbian 3^ after update in near future with dual core.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 01:18

9. Sakthi (unregistered)

If the excitement are trun then why has nokia opted to go for windows? According to me nokia should keep symbian alive and use it for the middle and low end smart phones atleast. I think windows alone stand will put nokia under deep trouble. By then nothing can be done to recover. Good luck nokia.

posted on 29 Mar 2011, 23:40 1

10. farid.abbas222 (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Mar 2011)

I m Using N8 from three days.Plez some one tel me. How i can activate continuous focus in my camera videos. I was very much impressed with this camera function whenI saw its excellent quality in 'YOUTUBE' but when i take this device. . .i don;t have such option. I Read about Hyperx mod1.1 . .Yes it needed to be signed first . but Really i install it using mobile sign tool and it didnt work at all. . . then i look forward to software Update. and update it using OVI suit. . it is updated form PR1.0 to PR1.1 but (what the hell) its also didn't help me to provide me " camera continuous option."
plez Plez plez..don't ignore me . .reply me what i do?on email.( farid_lanch@yahoo.com ). OR overhere.....Thanks in Advance.

posted on 11 Apr 2011, 06:07

11. hans (unregistered)

the kinetic scrolling got slower in the new update. Did you see it @ 1:01-1:08.

posted on 11 Apr 2011, 06:09

12. hans (unregistered)

did the kinetic scrolling slowed down or not? I'm not sure. Please answer me!!!

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